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(Solved) - Dell internal hard disk drive not found

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  • Started 2 years ago by Darkness169
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Darkness169
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I turned my computer on this morning and everything was fine, then I went out leaving my computer on, and when I came back, I got a black screen saying:
internal hard disk drive not found
To resolve this issue, try to reseat the drive.

No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility
Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics.

I tried pressing F1 and it gave me:
No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility
Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics.

I'm currently running Windows Vista and I'm using a Dell Inspiron 1525. Thanks.

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LH
LH
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Darkness169 hi. Did you pull out the hard drive, and then push it back in again ?

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Darkness169
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No, I don't know how. Do you know any guides that show how?

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LH
LH
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Turn the machine off completely. Unplug everything. Turn the laptop upside down, and remove the battery. On the side where the mic and speaker sockets are, look for 2 screws that hold the drive in. Unscrew those, and pull it out (to the the side), then put it back.

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Darkness169
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Sounds easy :O I'll try that right now.

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Darkness169
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Sorry for double posting but the two screws have a cylinder shape like picture beside them right?

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LH
LH
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Yes. There may be a 3rd locking screw on the bottom right of those 2.

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LH
LH
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Or the top right. Depends which way you turned your laptop upside down :)

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Darkness169
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I did it! I did what you told me to do and it works now! But why did this happen? Is it time for my hard drive to be replaced or something like that?

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LH
LH
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Vibration, over time, can cause a bad connection. So just re-seating it, as you just did, often solves the problem. Well done Sir :)

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Darkness169
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Thank you :) Sir, ma'am, sir... :)

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LH
LH
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Me is a male type person :)
Not just vibration, but maybe a little corrosion, or a bit of dust.

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Darkness169
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Thank you sir :D

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LH
LH
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I hope you hang around HTG. Lots to learn, and fun to be had :)

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Darkness169
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:P Shall do.

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